Could this Seed Really be
‘Cancer’s Worst Nightmare’?
December 15th, 2013 by Holly Cornish
We’ve had an unusually good run lately at uncovering exciting new cancer treatments. (Much thanks to our wonderful research staff!) If you missed our article about dandelion in Issue #350 you should absolutely go back and read it now.
This week I’ve got one for you that’s equally if not more exciting. If you knew about a natural cancer treatment with over 460 scholarly studies published on its efficacy … wouldn’t you want to spread the word?
That’s how I feel about the Nigella sativa seed. The flowering portion of this plant is often called by more popular names like fennel flower, nutmeg flower, black caraway, Roman coriander, and black cumin. But read this before you head for your spice cabinet!
It’s confusing, but Nigella sativa has nothing to do with the herbs fennel, nutmeg, coriander and cumin which many of us cook with. So I’m just going to call it N. sativa for the rest of this piece, even though calling it fennel or black cumin would give it a nice, cozy, kitchen-cabinet feeling.
The flower is native to south Asia, and looks like a bed of miniature tulips have been planted inside the outer petals of a daffodil. But the seeds that eventually spring from this flower are where the curative magic is found, including chemotherapeutic effects on several types of cancers.
Multiple studies over several years
show this anti-cancer seed works
One of the greatest aspects of N. sativa is its ability to stop some of the most aggressive forms of cancer, including pancreatic cancer. Right now, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America, claiming around 34,000 lives a year. The survival rate after five years of conventional cancer treatment is a dismal four percent.
That’s why I’m so encouraged by a study conducted at Kimmel Cancer Center, part of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The researchers found treatments containing N. sativa destroyed pancreatic cancer cells. The “magic” ingredient in Nigella sativa appears to be thymoquinone, an extract of the seed oil.
Researchers believe thymoquinone holds promise as a preventative strategy both for patients who have already gone through surgery and chemotherapy and are at risk of developing a second round of cancer, as well as those who have a generally high risk of developing cancer, period.
Along with her team, Dr. Hwyda Arafat of Thomas Jefferson University found that adding thymoquinone to cancer cells resulted in programmed cell death for about 80 percent of the pancreatic cancer cell lines tested. She and her team also found that a tumor suppressor gene (p53) and a gene (Bax) that promotes apoptosis or programmed cell death both increased. Similarly, the bcl-2 gene that blocks cell death was decreased. These findings are based on tests of lab-cultured cancer cells, not human subjects.
Other observations included what the team called “epigenetic” changes in pancreatic cancer cells—that is, modifications to the “expression” or activity of the cell’s DNA. The thymoquinone essentially increased the acetylation process of DNA proteins, which is key to initiating cell death. And at the same time, thymoquinone acted as a histone deacetylases (HDAC) inhibitor, which basically stops the gene transcription process so cancer cells can’t replicate.
Other studies found that N. sativa oil helped reduce unwanted side effects from chemotherapy, and that it had incredible success as a tumor therapy. In 1997, a study at the Cancer Research Laboratory of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina showed that N. sativa oil increased the growth rate of bone marrow cells by an incredible 250 percent, while at the same time inhibiting tumor growth by 50 percent.
And in a study on N. sativa and breast cancer, researchers found that N. sativa both alone or in combination with oxidative stress was an effective in vitro (test tube) treatment for deactivating breast cancer cells.
“Magic” protocol you can follow from home
As proof that Nigella sativa is making headway as a cancer remedy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already granted two patents that involve N. sativa oil for the purpose of treating cancer, boosting the immune system, and preventing side effects from chemotherapy.
There’s also a Black Seed Oil Protocol that’s recommended by several practitioners. Here’s one version of the program:
- One teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with a half teaspoon of raw Manuka honey, taken a half hour before breakfast
- One teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with juice from one orange taken in the afternoon between meals
- One teaspoon of oil mixed with a half teaspoon of raw Manuka honey, taken before bed
The honey is used as a carrier to get the oil to the diseased cell, and Manuka honey is said to have the highest anti-microbial activity of all honeys. This protocol, combined with a healthy lifestyle, is said to work wonders both in treating cancer and a variety of other ailments.
I suspect the thymoquinone extract researched by the team at the Kimmel Center may turn out to be extremely effective when given intravenously (by IV). But as far as I know, no studies have been done. The Kimmel study, as I mentioned, was on lab cultures, so we’re well short of knowing what we need to know about the clinical value of this substance.
Cures just about everything but death
It appears Nigella sativa is an effective remedy well beyond cancer, including both acute and chronic conditions—everything from the treatment of diabetes and hypertension to dermatological conditions.
Additional studies by Arafat and her team indicate it can treat a broad array of immune and inflammatory disorders, on top of thwarting the growth of diseases like prostate and colon cancer. The oil has also been shown to have anti-fungal effects and has been successfully used to treat the growth of Candida in all organs in the body.
In the Middle East and certain Southeast Asian countries, Nigella seeds are sold in small bundles labeled “black cumin.” They’re meant to be rubbed until they warm up, and then they let off an aroma that supposedly opens clogged sinuses similar to eucalyptus treatments.
So far, small quantities of the black seed oil appear to have no harmful side effects, though there isn’t enough research on larger, medicinal quantities to know if those are safe. The only adverse effect I came across was that some people get allergic rashes if they rub the oil on their skin, which some practitioners recommend doing for joint pain and headaches.
If you’re interested in trying it, the oil is widely available both online and in herbal and nutritional stores.
And if you’re interested in an exciting new supplement that may prevent cancer – or help treat it if you’ve got it – you should have read our last issue. If you missed it, please read it below.
Create an Internal “Enemy Territory”
Cancer Cells Don’t Dare Invade!
What if you could make your body “enemy territory” for cancer?
If the claims hold up, you may be able to do just that in three ways, with one single product… creating an internal environment hostile to cancer.
Obviously there are a number of other things you can do. Like doing without sugar, which cancer also loves. And exercising. But today we’re introducing you to a proprietary mineral supplement that may send rogue cancer cells packing. Read on to discover more…
It’s a well-established fact that cancer thrives in three conditions:
- An acidic internal environment
- A low-oxygen environment
- A toxic environment
Who cares about pH and O², anyway? You should, if you want to be healthy, or fight disease.
Can you hope to be healthy
with an acidic body?
According to many cancer experts, if you want to create an inhospitable environment not only for cancer cells but also for bacteria, viruses and fungi, then you need to guard your body’s pH… because the right cell and tissue pH is critical for good health.
pH is the measure of negative hydroxyl ions (OH-), to the number of positive hydroxyl (H+) ions in your fluid or tissue. The higher the pH, the more alkaline and oxygen rich… the lower it is, the more acidic and oxygen-poor. For good health, you need to maintain a pH of about 7.4.
Although the difference appears insignificant, acidity in the range of 7.0 or 6.7 weakens every system in your body, making you a sitting duck for disease.
It forces your body to borrow minerals from your vital organs, bones and teeth in order to neutralize that acid and remove it. The body will do whatever is necessary to keep the blood slightly alkaline, but it may have to strip everything else of minerals in order to do that. It’s this depleted state that sets you up for disease.
According to advocates of the acid-alkaline theory of health, disease NEEDS an acidic and low oxygen environment to survive and flourish. Some authorities say terminal patients have acidity levels 1,000 times higher than those of normal healthy people.
In a state of acidosis and low oxygen, glucose becomes lactic acid during fermentation, forcing your pH to plummet, potentially reaching 6.0 or 5.7, or lower.
As you can guess from the word, acidosis refers to excessive acidity. It leads to an inability to absorb and use nutrients, reduced cellular energy, inhibited cellular repair and detoxification… and a friendly environment for tumor cells.
Some researchers say chronic acidosis causes diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, immune problems, chronic infections, and more.
Acidosis is also linked to problems that seem minor but may foretell serious ones in your future… anxiety, diarrhea, early morning fatigue, headaches, rapid heartbeat, restless legs, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, and insomnia. And of course, heightened susceptibility to illness.
Long-time readers of this newsletter may remember that I’ve been skeptical of the acid-alkaline theory because a healthy balance seems to be the effect rather than the cause of good health habits. Many programs that purport to make your body more alkaline just consist of a healthy, nutrient-rich diet or a heavy load of mineral supplements. If it makes them happy to describe a “healthy diet” as an “alkaline diet” then I guess they can do that.
But the supplement I’m reporting on today does seem to be supported by some studies and my attitude is “go with what works.” We can worry about the theory later. If the reports are accurate, this supplement could be an exciting discovery.
The hazards of low oxygen levels
When your cells are low in oxygen, they become inefficient at converting food to energy.
If your oxygen levels dip dangerously low, angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels) begins. This provides fresh oxygen, boosting your oxygen levels and slowing cancer – but only temporarily!
Eventually your energy-conversion efficiency cranks down another notch, creating a vicious cycle.
Researchers believe this cycle is a major driver of cancer. It could explain why so many cancers become drug resistant within three to six months.
It’s been known for more than 80 years,
so why haven’t you heard?
This is based on a recent study, but it’s not particularly new.
More than 80 years ago, Dr. Otto Warburg won his first Nobel Prize (1931) for proving that cancer was caused by lack of oxygen respiration in cells.
In an article called The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer, he said, “the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements.”
In other words, the primary cause of cancer is the replacement of oxygen respiration with fermented sugar. Your body cells should get their energy from oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs mostly by fermentation.
Fermentation lets cancer cells survive, but they cannot perform normal functions. All they can do is multiply and grow, degrading into cancer cells that no longer serve you, but just live to survive for themselves.
Normal body cells are obligate aerobes (they can’t live without oxygen)… but all cancer cells are partial anaerobes (they can live without oxygen).
So… how do your cells become oxygen deprived?
Internal toxins make you acidic
Metabolic waste products are acidic and must be detoxified. It’s a normal part of life, as long as you can detoxify effectively.
But most people are regularly exposed to toxic lawn care and cleaning products, plastics, air pollution, drugs, and mercury fillings, to name a few. Unless you’re eating only organic foods, you’re also getting a heavy dose of toxins from fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides in your food.
Compound that with everyday stress, poor sleeping habits, and a sedentary lifestyle, and you get quite a build-up of waste products and toxins. Your body may not be able to rid itself of these substances fast enough to keep up.
If you’re a cancer patient, chemotherapy and radiation also contribute to your toxic load.
Any overload of toxins can clog up your cells, leading to poor quality cell walls that deny access to the nutrients (needed for respiration), and further reduce your ability to detoxify.
Over time these waste products become solid wastes like oxidized fats, uric acid, kidney stones, and tumors. They contribute to rapid aging and related diseases such as arthritis and heart disease.
Now, you may notice that nearly ALL experts on alternative cancer treatment call for avoiding toxic substances and getting rid of the toxins that are already inside us. This view isn’t the property of the acid-alkaline crowd. But they can characterize it that way if they wish, as long as it works. . .
Kills 3 birds with one stone…
A proprietary mineral supplement called Liph (pronounced “life”), formerly called Alka Vita, claims numerous health and anti-cancer properties.
Its main component is modified liquid silica, a unique form of elemental silicon. High in oxygen and highly alkaline, it helps offset internal acidity. In concentrated form, its pH is around 14.3.
It fights cancer by:
- Inducing apoptosis (cancer cell death)
- Reducing harmful DNA mutations
- Preventing cancer cells from attaching to your tissues
Liph creates exactly the kind of cancer-hostile environment you want – an alkaline, oxygen-rich, non-toxic system.
Studies show it reduces oxidative (free radical) stress at a cellular level – by increasing three chemicals that support your immune function and ability to fight cancer:
- Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) – An enzyme that repairs damage caused by superoxide, one of your most abundant free radicals. An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
- Catalase – Another antioxidant enzyme produced naturally. Helps convert the dangerous metabolic byproduct, hydrogen peroxide, into water and oxygen. Also breaks down other harmful toxins.
- Glutathione – Your most abundant natural antioxidant, often called your Master Antioxidant. Fights cancer by keeping red and white blood cells healthy, and aids in DNA synthesis and repair. Affects every bodily system, especially immune, nervous, and GI systems. So needless to say, glutathione serves a critical role in your health.
Again, readers of this newsletter already know that all three of these substances are extremely important to good health. If this supplement increases them as claimed, I’m all for it.
A stand-alone cancer treatment?
Studies for Liph’s safety have been ongoing for the past eight years.
It was shown to be non-toxic in two 2005 animal studies in Sugar Land, Texas – with no observable abnormal reactions, signs of toxicity, or weight changes.
The same year, in San Diego, a study at the Anti-Cancer Lab showed that Liph reduced tumor growth in mice injected with human melanoma cells… in ALL of the animals, and in some cases, by more than half.
No human studies have been conducted but Liph’s anti-cancer effects have been observed in humans in individual cases. People reported complete remission from various types of cancer – including pancreatic, breast, and uterine – using Liph as a stand-alone cancer treatment!
It’s also been reported to reduce side effects from chemotherapy.
Beats acidosis, low oxygen, and toxins… all at once
Liph is easy to take in water or tea. It’s water soluble, making it an extremely high bioavailable source of silica, compared to other forms of silica. Silica has a pH of about 13.4 – highly alkaline – so it helps rebalance your pH, and helps initiate new healing and tissue construction.
When you’re restored to your optimal alkalinity, your oxygen levels will rise and you’ll be able to detoxify back to full health.
Liph appears to work for both health maintenance and therapy. It deserves more study as a promising cancer treatment.
Lee Euler, Publisher